Macchione Family Visit 8 – October 2, 2012

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I unexpectedly found Marietta shelling beans and cooking Pasta Turduni when I stopped by on the day prior to our documentation committee’s scheduled visit. It’s always a challenge to obtain exact recipes from my Italian-born friends because they don’t follow written instructions. They have learned to cook by watching their mothers or grandmothers and then preparing the dishes repeatedly over many years. It takes a lot of questioning to help to clarify the various steps. Things that seem obvious to them are not always obvious to us, but it is enjoyable to watch and learn as much as we can from Marietta. Just to clarify, the beans, potatoes and pasta are each cooked separately in water then added to the sauce at the end and cooked a bit more.